Dr Felicity Bright

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Senior Lecturer

Email: felicity.bright@aut.ac.nz

ORCID: ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8522-8287

Academic appointments:

  • Senior Lecturer, Auckland University of Technology (2016 - ongoing)
  • Lecturer, Auckland University of Technology (2012 - 2015)
  • Clinical researcher, Auckland University of Technology (2009 - 2011)

Qualifications:

  • PhD, Auckland University of Technology
  • MHSc(Hons), Otago University
  • BSLT(Hons), University of Canterbury

Overview:

Dr Felicity Bright is a Senior Lecturer in Rehabilitation in the School of Clinical Sciences. In 2011, she completed her Masters of Health Science exploring how people with aphasia experience hope, and in 2015, her Doctor of Philosophy examining how rehabilitation practitioners engaged people with communication impairment in stroke rehabilitation. She has extensive clinical experience as a speech-language therapist in acute and rehabilitation settings, working primarily with people with neurological conditions. Felicity is a research leader in the Centre of Person Centred Research at AUT, co-leading the Co-creating Health and Engagement theme. She is an Early Career Researcher with Brain Research New Zealand. She received the New Zealand Speech-language Therapists' Research Excellence Award in 2011 and the New Zealand Rehabilitation Association Emerging Research Leader Award in 2017. Felicity's research focuses on psychosocial well-being, patient experiences of care, and practitioners' ways of working in rehabilitation. She teaches on the physiotherapy undergraduate programme and postgraduate rehabilitation programme. She currently supervises nine post-graduate students completing Masters and Doctoral qualifications on topics related to communication, service delivery, patient experience, and psychosocial impacts of illness and injury.

Research interests:

Through her research, Felicity aims to enhance patients' psychosocial well-being and experiences of care, with a particular focus on stroke. Her research programme has three inter-related areas: (1) understanding the psychosocial impacts of stroke; (2) examining how clinicians engage patients in healthcare and how they address the psychosocial and emotional needs of patients during rehabilitation; and (3) embedding research into practice through teaching, work-based training and action research.

Felicity's current projects centre on clinicians' ways of working. They include a participatory action study exploring how clinicians integrate relational practices in brain injury rehabilitation; an ethnographic study examining how clinicians talk about the future in acute stroke care; and a critical analysis exploring how speech-language therapists enact therapeutic relationships.

Teaching summary:

Felicity contributes to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in the School of Clinical Sciences. She is Paper Co-ordinator for RHAB812 Innovative Strategies: Engaging in Rehabilitation, and contributes to a variety of undergraduate Physiotherapy and postgraduate Rehabilitation papers teaching on topics such as engagement, person-centred practice, health communication, and qualitative research.

Fields of research:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Rehabilitation and Therapy (Excl. Physiotherapy)
  • Neurology and Neuromuscular Diseases
  • Organisational, Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication

Professional activities:

Appointment, affiliation, and membership

  • Secretary, New Zealand Rehabilitation Association (2019 - ongoing)
  • Conference Co-convenor, Speech Pathology Australia and New Zealand Speech-language Therapists' Association (2019)
  • Implementation Steering Group, National Stroke Rehabilitation Guidelines, National Stroke Network (2019 - ongoing)
  • Professional Development Portfolio Lead, New Zealand Speech-language Therapists' Association (2008 - 2012)
  • Full member, New Zealand Speech-language Therapists' Association (2001 - ongoing)

Award, prize, fellowship, and scholarship

  • Emerging research leader, New Zealand Rehabilitation Association (2017)
  • Best oral presentation, New Zealand Rehabilitation Association (2017)
  • Research excellence, New Zealand Speech-language Therapists' Association (2011)
  • Laura Fergusson Rehabilitation PhD Scholarship, Laura Fergusson Rehabilitation (2011 - 2015)

Research outputs:

Featured research outputs

  • Bright, F. A. S., McCann, C. M., & Kayes, N. M. (2020). Recalibrating hope: A longitudinal study of the experiences of people with aphasia after stroke. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, 34(2), 428-435. doi:10.1111/scs.12745

  • Bright, F., Cummins, C., Waterworth, K., Gibson, B. E., & Larmer, P. (2018). What do students learn about communication? The influence of the physiotherapy curriculum in constructing understandings of communication. OpenPhysio, 1-10. Retrieved from https://via.hypothes.is/

  • Bright, F. A. S., Kayes, N. M., McPherson, K. M., & Worrall, L. E. (2018). Engaging people experiencing communication disability in stroke rehabilitation: A qualitative study. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 53(5), 981-994. doi:10.1111/1460-6984.12409

  • Bright, F. A. S., Kayes, N. M., Cummins, C., Worrall, L. M., & McPherson, K. M. (2017). Co-constructing engagement in stroke rehabilitation: A qualitative study exploring how practitioner engagement can influence patient engagement. Clinical Rehabilitation, 31(10). doi:10.1177/0269215517694678

Journal articles

  • Bright, F. A. S., McCann, C. M., & Kayes, N. M. (2020). Recalibrating hope: A longitudinal study of the experiences of people with aphasia after stroke. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, 34(2), 428-435. doi:10.1111/scs.12745

  • Gibson, B. E., Terry, G., Setchell, J., Bright, F. A. S., Cummins, C., & Kayes, N. M. (2020). The micro-politics of caring: Tinkering with person-centered rehabilitation. Disability and Rehabilitation, 42(11), 1529-1538. doi:10.1080/09638288.2019.1587793

  • Fryer, V., Wright-St Clair, V., & Bright, F. (2019). Waiting for community occupational therapy services: A review. New Zealand Journal of Occupational Therapy, 66(3), 15-21. Retrieved from https://search.informit.com.au/

  • Trebilcock, M., Worrall, L., Ryan, B., Shrubsole, K., Jagoe, C., Simmons-Mackie, N., . . . Le Dorze, G. (2019). Increasing the intensity and comprehensiveness of aphasia services: Identification of key factors influencing implementation across six countries. Aphasiology, 33(7), 865-887. doi:10.1080/02687038.2019.1602860

  • Kayes, N. M., Martin, R. A., Bright, F. A., Kersten, P., & Pollock, A. (2019). Optimizing the real-world impact of rehabilitation reviews: Increasing the relevance and usability of systematic reviews in rehabilitation. European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, 55(3), 331-341. doi:10.23736/S1973-9087.19.05793-9

  • Jesus, T. S., Bright, F. A., Pinho, C. S., Papadimitriou, C., Kayes, N. M., & Cott, C. A. (2019). Scoping review of the person-centered literature in adult physical rehabilitation. Disability and Rehabilitation. doi:10.1080/09638288.2019.1668483

  • Bright, F., Cummins, C., Waterworth, K., Gibson, B. E., & Larmer, P. (2018). What do students learn about communication? The influence of the physiotherapy curriculum in constructing understandings of communication. OpenPhysio, 1-10. Retrieved from https://via.hypothes.is/

  • Bright, F. A. S., Kayes, N. M., McPherson, K. M., & Worrall, L. E. (2018). Engaging people experiencing communication disability in stroke rehabilitation: A qualitative study. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 53(5), 981-994. doi:10.1111/1460-6984.12409

  • Bright, F. A. S., Kayes, N. M., Worrall, L. M., & McPherson, K. M. (2018). Exploring relational engagement practices in stroke rehabilitation using the Voice Centred Relational Approach. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 21(1). doi:10.1080/13645579.2017.1316044

  • Bright, F. A. S., Kayes, N. M., Cummins, C., Worrall, L. M., & McPherson, K. M. (2017). Co-constructing engagement in stroke rehabilitation: A qualitative study exploring how practitioner engagement can influence patient engagement. Clinical Rehabilitation, 31(10). doi:10.1177/0269215517694678

  • Jesus, T., Bright, F., Kayes, N. M., & Cott, C. (2016). Person-centred rehabilitation: What exactly does it mean? Protocol for a scoping review with thematic analysis toward framing the concept and practice of person-centred rehabilitation. BMJ Open, 6(7). doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2016-011959

  • Bright, F. A. S., Kayes, N. M., Worrall, L., & McPherson, K. M. (2015). A conceptual review of engagement in healthcare and rehabilitation. Disability and Rehabilitation, 37(8). doi:10.3109/09638288.2014.933899

  • MacDonald, G., Kayes, N. M., & Bright, F. (2013). Barriers and facilitators to engagement in rehabilitation for people with stroke: A review of the literature. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 41(3).

  • Bright, F. A. S., Kayes, N. M., McCann, C. M., & McPherson, K. M. (2013). Hope in people with aphasia. Aphasiology, 27(1). doi:10.1080/02687038.2012.718069

  • Bright, F. A. S., Boland, P., Rutherford, S. J., Kayes, N. M., & McPherson, K. M. (2012). Implementing a client centred approach in rehabilitation: An autoethnography. Disability and Rehabilitation, 34(12). doi:10.3109/09638288.2011.629712

  • Bright, F., Boland, P., Rutherford, S., Kayes, N. M., & McPherson, K. M. (2011). Implementing a client-centred approach in rehabilitation: An autoethnography. Disability and Rehabilitation.

  • Bright, F., Kayes, N. M., McCann, C. M., & McPherson, K. M. (2011). Understanding hope after stroke: A systematic review of the literature using concept analysis. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, 18(5).

  • Bright, F. (2001). Malnutrition in children with cerebral palsy: A literature review and research design to identify factors leading to the development of malnutrition in Cerebral Palsy. New Zealand Journal of Speech-language Therapy, 56.

Book chapters

  • Bright, F., & Bevin, M. (2019). Voice centred relational analysis. In L. McAllister, & R. Lyons (Eds.), Qualitative research in communication disorders: An introduction for students (pp. 347-363). Guildford, United Kingdom: J and R Press.

  • Kayes, N. M., Mudge, S., Bright, F., & McPherson, K. (2015). Whose behavior matters? Rethinking practitioner behavior and its influence on rehabilitation. In K. McPherson, B. E. Gibson, & A. Leplege (Eds.), Rethinking rehabilitation: Theory and practice (pp. 249-271). London, UK: CRC Press/Taylor & Francis.

  • Rutherford, S. J., & Bright, F. (2014). Supporting practitioners to engage with research. In V. Wright-St. Clair, D. A. Reid, S. Shaw, & J. Ramsbotham (Eds.), Evidence-based health practice (pp. 269-282). Victoria, Australia: Oxford University Press.

Conference contributions

  • Bright, F., Attrill, S., & Hersh, D. (2019). Therapeutic relationships in aphasia therapy: Why do we work as we do?. In NZSTA/Speech Pathology Australia conference. Brisbane.

  • Bright, F. (2019). Relational communication: A critical factor in developing therapeutic relationships with people experiencing communication disability. In NZSTA/Speech Pathology Australia. Brisbane.

  • Bright, F., & Antiss, D. (2019). The complexities of enacting person-centred practice in stroke rehabilitation. In ASSBI/NZRA Conference. Wellington.

  • Bright, F., Kayes, N., & McCann, C. (2019). Recalibrating hope in the year after stroke: A call to move beyond 'realistic' hope. In ASSBI/NZRA Conference. Wellington.

  • Bright, F., Attrill, S., & Hersh, D. (2018). Relationships in aphasia therapy: Why do we work as we do?. In Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment Conference 2018. Adelaide: Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment. Retrieved from https://www.assbi.com.au/ASSBI-Conferences

  • Kayes, N., Galvin, K., & Bright, F. (2017). Relational practice: A valued and legitimate way of working in rehabilitation. In Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Vol. 98 (pp. e1). Atlanta: Elsevier. doi:10.1016/S0003-9993(17)31058-4

  • Bright, F., Waterworth, K., Cummins, C., Larmer, P., & Gibson, B. (2017). "My therapist allowed patients to express themselves" : Exploring student perceptions of 'good' communication practices in physiotherapy. In Making an impact: New Zealand Rehabilitation Conference 2017. Christchurch New Zealand. Retrieved from http://apcc2017.com/nzrc17/programme%E2%80%8B

  • Bright, F., Kayes, N., McPherson, K., & Worrall, L. (2017). Engagement in stroke rehabilitation: A relational practice. In New Zealand Rehabilitation Conference. Christchurch.

  • Bright, F. (2016). "It's us together, not us and them": Engagement as a relational practice in stroke rehabilitation. In Relational Practices in Health and Healthcare. Cleveland.

  • Bright, F. (2016). Researching relational practice using the Voice Centered Relational Approach. In Relational Practices in Health and Healthcare. Cleveland.

  • Bright, F., Kayes, N., McPherson, K., & Worrall, L. (2016). Enacting a relational approach to engaging people in rehabilitation. In Enhacing Lives through Partnership: New Zealand Speech-Language Therapists' Association Conference 2016. Auckland: New Zealand Speech-Language Therapists' Association. Retrieved from http://speechtherapy.org.nz/

  • Bright, F., Kayes, N., McPherson, K., & Worrall, L. (2016). Engagement in stroke rehabilitation: A relational practice. In New Zealand Speech-Language Therapists' Association conference. Auckland.

  • Kayes, N., Larmer, P., Bright, F., Hall, G., & Barrott, D. (2016). Enhancing capability and capacity in case management practice in New Zealand. In Australasian Compensation Health Research Forum. Melbourne.

  • Kayes, N., Bright, F., Cummins, C., Worrall, L., & McPherson, K. M. (2014). Engagement in stroke rehabilitation: "Something that happens between us". In 37th Annual Brain Impairment Conference. Freemantle, WA.

  • Bright, F., Kayes, N., Worrall, L., & McPherson, K. (2014). Voice(s) in action: Using the listening guide in observational research. In International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. Champaign, IL.

  • Bright, F., Kayes, N., Cummins, C., Worrall, L., & McPherson, K. (2014). Voices of rehabilitation providers: Talking about engagement. In International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. Champaign, IL.

  • Cummins, C., Bright, F., Kayes, N. M., & McPherson, K. (2013). "I’m just lazy that’s the problem”: who is responsible for engagement in rehabilitation?. In New Zealand Rehabilitation Association Conference. Nelson.

  • Cummins, C., Bright, F., Kayes, N., & McPherson, K. (2013). "I'm just lazy that's the problem': Who is responsible for engagement in rehabilitation?. In New Zealand Rehabilitation Conference: Connecting, Living, Rebuilding. Nelson.

  • Kayes, N. M., Bright, F., van Lit, A., McCann, C., & McPherson, K. M. (2013). Hope in neurorehabilitation: Blind optimism or an untapped resource?. In New Zealand Rehabilitation Conference 2013: Connecting, Living, Rebuilding. Nelson.

  • Bright, F., Kayes, N. M., Cummins, C., McPherson, K. M., & Worrall, L. (2013). “There needs to be some connectivity there": The role of therapeutic connections in facilitating engagement in rehabilitation. In New Zealand Rehabilitation Conference 2013: Connecting, Living, Rebuilding. Nelson.

  • Bright, F. (2012). Advancing speech pathology practice: Lessons from an autoethnography. In International Aphasia Rehabilitation Conference. Melbourne.

  • Bright, F. (2012). Hope in people with aphasia: A longitudinal qualitative study. In International Aphasia Rehabilitation Conference. Melbourne.

  • Bright, F. (2012). Rethinking engagement in rehabilitation: A critical review of the concept. In Rethinking Rehabilitation. Toronto.

  • Bright, F., & Sezier, A. (2012). Facilitating a client-centered approach to practice: Inter- professional clinical teaching in physiotherapy. In Interprofessional Health Studies Poster Conference. Auckland.

  • Bright, F. (2012). Incorporating speech-languge therapy into allied health training. In Interprofessional Health Studies Poster Conference. Auckland.

  • Bright, F., Kayes, N., McPherson, K., & McCann, C. (2011). Understanding hope in therapy: Implications for practice. In New Zealand Speech-Language Therapists' Assocation Professional Development Seminar. Dunedin.

  • Bright, F., Boland, P., & Rutherford, S. J. (2011). Prioritising the therapeutic relationship in rehabilitation by ‘being with’ and ‘enabling’. In New Zealand Rehabilitation Association Biennial Conference. Auckland.

  • Rutherford, S. J., & Boland, P. (2011). Prioritising the therapeutic relationship in rehabilitation by ‘being with’ and ‘enabling’. In New Zealand Rehabilitation Association Biennial Conference. Auckland.

  • Bright, F., Kayes, N. M., McCann, C., & McPherson, K. M. (2011). Understanding hope in people with aphasia: Implications for clinical practice. In New Zealand Speech-language Therapists’ Association Professional Development Seminar. Dunedin.

  • Bright, F., & Howe, T. (2010). Goal-setting for speech-language therapists. In Practice Worth Speading: New Zealand Speech-language Therapists' Association conference. Wellington.

  • Bright, F., Kayes, N., McCann, C., & McPherson, K. (2010). Hope: Its role in the journey of recovery. In Practice Worth Spreading: New Zealand Speech-language Therapists' Association Conference. Wellington.

  • Bright, F., McPherson, K., Kayes, N., & Rutherford, S. (2010). Identity oriented goal-setting: A promising tool for speech-language treatment?. In Participantion 2010: The national conference of Speech Pathology Australia. Melbourne.

  • Bright, F., McPherson, K., Kayes, N., & Rutherford, S. (2010). Identity oriented goal setting: A promising tool for speech-language therapy?. In Participation 2010: The National Conference of Speech Pathology Australia. Melbourne.

  • Bright, F., Kayes, N., McCann, C., & McPherson, K. (2010). Hope: Its role in the journey of recovery. In New Zealand Speech-language Therapists' Association conference. Wellington.

  • Rutherford, S., McPherson, K., Kayes, N., & Bright, F. (2010). Identity oriented goal setting after TBI. A new approach to client centred goal setting. In NZAOT conference: Shifting Sands, Creating our place. Nelson.

  • Bright, F., & Howe, T. (2010). Goal Setting for Speech Language Therapists. In Practice Worth Spreading: New Zealand Speech-language Therapists' Association Conference. Wellington.

  • Bright, F., Kayes, N., McCann, C., & McPherson, K. (2009). Exploring the hopes and priorities of people with aphasia in the postacute rehabilitation period. Auckland.

  • Bright, F., Ronaldson, A., & Harvey, K. (2008). The process and effectiveness of discharge planning: A multidimensional service evaluation audit. In Allied Health Conference. Auckland.

  • Bright, F. (2006). Traumatic Brain Injury in the elderly. In TBI Conference. Auckland.

Reports

  • McPherson, K., Fadyl, J., Rutherford, S., Bright, F., Kayes, N., & Moloczij, N. (2009). Rehabilitation outcomes measures literature review. Auckland: AUT University.

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